'Priscilla,' 'Klown' also performing
“Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” “Ghetto Klown,” “Memphis” and the seemingly inevitable “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will all get performance segs during the Tony kudocast.
Slots during the ceremony are hot properties among many Broadway producers, since a performance during the broadcast reps a rare opportunity for many Rialto shows to parade their wares in front of a national aud.
Traditionally only the shows nominated for best tuner or play kudos earned segs at the Tonys, but in recent years the telecast’s producers have opened it up to include other high-profile offerings from current awards season and from prior frames.
“Priscilla” wasn’t among the noms for new tuner, but it’s up for two other awards, and “Ghetto Klown” wasn’t nominated at all. “Memphis” was the top Tony winner last year, while “Spider-Man,” after a protracted preview period, won’t open until Tuesday.
Also getting a seg on the broadcast is a perf by the cast of the recent New York Philharmonic concert version of “Company,” which starred Tony host Neil Patrick Harris as well as Jon Cryer, Christina Henricks and Stephen Colbert.
Usual suspects of nominated productions making appearances include new musicals “The Book of Mormon,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Scottsboro Boys” and “Sister Act” as well as revivals “Anything Goes” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
The 65th annual Tonys air Sunday on CBS.